Paradise Valley, Giant Steps, Lake Annette and the Horseshoe Glacier.
Approximately 7 Hours Riding
The all-day ride to Paradise departs Lake Louise Stables at 9:00 am and travels along the east side of Mount Fairview.
You ride through alpine forest and gradually climb through a tree line forest of Larch. Larch trees grow only at tree line and normally only above 7000 feet. The needles on these trees turn a golden yellow in the fall or late summer. As we approach Temple Mountain we turn on to the trail to Lake Annette where we have our lunch stop. We continue on the High Line Trail going by the Giant Steps Waterfall.
Once your guide takes you up above tree line you will have a spectacular view of the massive Wenkchemna Peaks, or the Valley of Ten Peaks. Wenkchemna is a Stoney Indian word that means ‘ten’.
The high alpine meadows you traverse are filled with mountain wild flowers as well as a small group of little lakes called the Minnestimma Lakes, another Stoney word that refers to “sleeping waters”.
This is an amazing high alpine ride, and a special place in the Canadian Rockies.